po·​lo | \ ˈpō-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce polo (audio) \

Definition of polo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a game played by teams of players on horseback using mallets with long flexible handles to drive a wooden ball through goalposts


biographical name
Po·​lo | \ ˈpō-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce Polo (audio) \

Definition of Polo (Entry 2 of 2)

Mar*co \ ˈmär-​(ˌ)kō How to pronounce ˈmär-(ˌ)kō (audio)\ 1254–1324 Venetian traveler

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Other Words from polo


poloist \ ˈpō-​(ˌ)lō-​ist How to pronounce poloist (audio) \ noun

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The celebration of all-things-polo is also an all-ages music event and fundraiser that aims to expand the sport’s reach while helping nonprofits that adopt and care for horses (via the Equine Partnership Program). John Wenzel, The Know, "Love horsesand EDM? Get a little of both at this weekend’s PoloFest," 30 Aug. 2019 Meghan and Harry joined Will and Kate for a fun family day of polo last month. Erin Hill, PEOPLE.com, "See Kate Middleton and Prince William's Birthday Message to Meghan Markle — Complete with Emoji!," 5 Aug. 2019 Behind him, the school band members in their white polos, and beyond them a sea of blurry faces in the grandstand behind home plate. Tim Layden, SI.com, "Jon Peters and the Pain of Being 'SUPERKID'," 28 June 2019 The original house built on this sprawling waterfront property started out as a kind of way station—a convenient spot where Averell could change his clothes after a game of polo at the nearby Meadow Brook Club. Wendy Goodman, ELLE Decor, "Averell Harriman’s Legendary Long Island Home Sparked One Editor's Lifelong Love of Design," 22 May 2019 Harry wore his Invictus polo tucked into a pair of grey slacks with a belt and brown shoes. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Wore Matching Shirts to the Invictus Games Kickoff," 20 Oct. 2018 This isn't the first time the little princess's affection for unicorns has bubbled up to the limelight; in July, Charlotte was photographed at her dad's polo match carrying an adorable unicorn purse. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Charlotte's Love for Unicorns Is So Pure," 11 Sep. 2019 The annual Taste of Oak Brook returns with its fireworks show and some changes from past years at 4 p.m. July 3 on the village’s polo grounds, on the north side of 31st Street, between Spring and York roads. Chuck Fieldman, chicagotribune.com, "Taste of Oak Brook returns July 3 with some changes," 24 June 2019 Last summer, the tennis pro and her husband Alexis Ohanian, who both attended the royal wedding, joined Meghan to watch Harry compete in a polo match in Ascot, England. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Meghan Markle Makes Surprise Solo Trip to N.Y.C. to Watch Pal Serena Williams in US Open Final," 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of polo


1872, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for polo


Balti, ball

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The first known use of polo was in 1872

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English Language Learners Definition of polo

: a game played by two teams of four players who ride horses while using long mallets to hit a wooden ball into a goal


po·​lo | \ ˈpō-lō How to pronounce polo (audio) \

Kids Definition of polo

: a game played by teams of players on horseback who use long-handled mallets to hit a wooden ball into a goal

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